This article presents an overview of some of the documents that will be discussed during the upcoming Board meeting of NTNU. The full version of all documents is available here (in Norwegian).
NTNU’s Strategy 2011-2020 – Institutional goals 2012 and briefing on the on-going work on the general indicators
The Board is asked to approve the goals sat up in NTNU’s strategy as organisational goals for 2012. NTNU needs to follow the goal structured dictated by The Ministry of Education and Research. It needs to define five principal and long-term sectorial goals and 13 control parameters. To fulfil the sectorial goals universities and university colleges shall:
- Provide education of high international quality and in-line with the society’s needs
- Support research, and artistic and academic development work, in line with their particular competences and at a high international level.
- Be clear actors in the society and contribute to the dissemination of knowledge, development at the regional, national and international level, innovation and value creation.
- Have effective activity, competences and resources management in-line with their role in the society.
- Build, operate and maintain a museum with scientific relevant and public exhibition (Specific to NTNU, UiT, UiS, UiO, UiB)
These sectorial goals are to be assessed based on the 13 control parameters. Each university is free to propose its own set of indicators for the assessment of the sectorial goals, but those indicators needs to relate to the control parameters defined by the Ministry. NTNU is in the process of defining its own indicators in-line with its distinctive profile and goals. NTNU develops two sets of indicators: strategic indicators and discipline-specific indicators. These indicators can be qualitative or quantitative.
Strategy and subventions 2012 and long-term budget 2012-2015
The different indicators, the background for the subventions, the implementation of NTNU’s strategy, the planned expenses for 2012 and the long-term budget 2012-2015 are described. The Board is asked to approve the different indicators presented and the distribution of subventions for 2012.
Admission for the academic year 2012/13
The Board is asked to approve the admission structure for the coming academic year. A note describes the different admission quota and rules for all the study programmes at NTNU. In total there is a little more than 20 000 full-time students at NTNU. A section of special interest for foreigners discusses the admission to Norwegian as a foreign language courses: 290 places are available in these courses, where 240 of these are reserved for scientific employees and their partners. Scientific employees are guaranteed a place if they apply for the course. The remaining 50 places are to be made available to exchange students at NTNU first, and if there is still place, for external students.
Maintenance and upgrade of NTNU’s infrastructures in the 2012-2015 periode
The document provides an overview of how the budget is shared among the different maintenance and upgrading projects. Important renovations are underway at the medical research centre Moser, notable improvement to the facades at the Dragvoll campus and upgrade of laboratories I Realfagsbygget. Health, safety and environment (HMS) also constitute an important part of the spending during that period.
Academic evaluation 2011
Academic evaluation is meant to provide a critical review of the Norwegian research system in an international perspective and to provide recommendations on measure to promote quality and efficiency in research. Research in the biology, medicine and health related subjects were evaluated together with research in geography. NTNU’s performance rank to an high international level in the first category in all disciplines except psychology and psychiatry. With regards to research in geography, applied geophysics is ranked as very good, whereas all other disciplines are ranked as weak/fair.
NTNU’s Museum of Natural History and Archaeology: Exhibition on Afghanistan
The Board is asked to approach a financial guaranty for NTNU’s museum to host an exhibition on Afghanistan from May to September 2012. With this exhibition the museum wants to increase awareness on how arm conflicts affect and threaten cultural heritage and cultural identity.